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SLA-CWCN project management workshop in Vancouver - September 10th

Join SLA's Western Canada Chapter for a half-day project management workshop in Vancouver with Jim Brosseau of Clarrus Consulting.

 

At the 2014 Annual Conference, SLA President Kate Arnold identified project management skills as a key competency for information professionals.

 

2014 SLA 60 Sites in 60 Minutes presentation available

The slides from the 2014 SLA conference presentation "60 Sites in 60 Minutes" are now available at http://www.slideshare.net/iBraryGuy/2014-sla-60-sites-in-60-minutes-slides. The presenters were John DiGilio, Gayle Lynn-Nelson, and Samuel Wiggins.

#SLAtalk: Post-Conference Chat

From Tracy Maleeff:

#SLAtalk: Post-Conference Chat

http://www.sla.org/slatalk-post-conference-chat/

Whether you attended #SLA2014 in person or just followed along from afar, join us for an hour-long Twitter chat to discuss the ideas and inspirations that came out of Vancouver.

When: Tuesday, June 24th at 4:00 pm Eastern (1:00 pm Pacific / 8:00 pm UTC)
What time is that where you are? http://time.is/compare

Questions to Answer:

James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund

James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund

A reminder to CALL/ACBD members that June 15 is the next deadline for applications to the James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund.

Members of CALL/ACBD who have been in good standing for a minimum of twelve months are invited to apply for funding.  The scholarship is designed to support attendance at a continuing education program, be it a workshop, certificate program or other similar activity deemed appropriate by the CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee.  Support for attendance at annual conferences normally does not fall within the terms of reference for this scholarship.

This scholarship fund was established in memory of James D. Lang, a long-time employee of Carswell and member of CALL/ ACBD.  We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to further your professional education.

An application form is available under Scholarships and Awards on the CALL/ACBD website. Please e-mail the completed form and attachments to:

Ann Marie Melvie
Chair, CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee
Email: amelvie@sasklawcourts.ca

Print copies of the SCRs available from the SCC

From the Library of the Supreme Court of Canada:

NOTICE TO LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS

Subject: Change of Customer Service for the Canada Supreme Court Reports As of April 1, 2014, the Publishing and Depository Services of the Government of Canada ceased to sell or distribute print copies of government publications.

The Supreme Court of Canada, however, will continue to publish the print version of the Canada Supreme Court Reports. These will be available from the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada as of June 30, 2014.

Canadian libraries which were previously depository libraries under the Depository Services Program will continue to be eligible for complimentary print subscriptions to the Canada Supreme Court Reports.

The majority of foreign and international depository libraries will need to subscribe if they wish to continue their print subscription. Commercial subscriptions will be available directly from the Supreme Court of Canada.

It will also be possible to access the pdf copy of the Reports at no charge from the Supreme Court website (http://www.scc-csc.gc.ca). The pdf will be released simultaneous with the print distribution.

For queries or to subscribe to the Canada Supreme Court Reports, please contact:

Report on the ROI of special libraries

A group of Australian library associations has released a report called "Putting a Value on ‘Priceless’: an independent assessment of the return on investment of special libraries in Australia". 

According to the report:

[T]his work is that special libraries have been found to return $5.43 for every $1 invested — and that's a conservative estimate of their real contribution. For example, it takes into account the time saved by doctors, lawyers, corporate executives and political advisors searching for answers, but it does not take into account the improved quality of the results supplied by trained information specialists. It looks at how much it would cost users to have to buy the information they gain for free from the library, but it does not assess the savings achieved by library staff negotiating advantageous prices with information suppliers.

The report can be found at https://www.alia.org.au/sites/default/files/documents/advocacy/ALIA-Return-on-Investment-Specials.pdf.

(via Michel-Adrien Sheppard)

Digital materials at the Courthouse Libraries

Courthouse Libraries BC has provided details of its move away from print materials and towards electronic materials on its website: http://www.courthouselibrary.ca/digitalshift/digitalshiftfaq.aspx. The posting notes that:

In 2014, we are cancelling print law reports, print legislation (except for British Columbia legislation), and updates to most of the loose-leaf services we subscribe to.

It goes on to explain the problems with loose-leaf subscriptions, something which should be familiar to all of us in the VALL community:

Why is the library cancelling loose-leafs?

In short, because loose-leafs have become prohibitively expensive. Loose-leafs have always presented challenges for libraries: they take up a great deal of staff time to file updates (1,900 hours in 2013), the updates often include only minor substantive improvements, and loose-leafs frequently have pages go missing. Loose-leafs lack the benefits of digital titles (which feature full-text search, fillable forms, and ability to email excerpts), and lack the portability of texts.

Registration for the New Law Librarians' Institute 2014 now open

The New Law Librarians' Institute, sponsored by CALL/ACBD, is an intensive, week-long program aimed at developing librarians' skills in the key competencies of law librarianship. The program will feature expert instruction from leading law librarians and law professors, small class size, a mix of lectures and practical sessions, hands on sessions, and valuable take-home materials. The Institute will be held at the Brian Dickson Law Library, University of Ottawa with accommodation in the university's residences.

Sessions to be included:
Introduction to Property Law
Introduction to Quebec Civil Law
Introduction to Aboriginal Law
Introduction to Constitutional Law

2014 WestPac Annual Conference in Seattle, WA

Happy 2014 everyone! We wanted to let you know we are full speed ahead with the planning of this year's WestPac Conference, scheduled for October 9 -11, 2014 in beautiful Seattle, Washington. The conference is graciously being hosted by Penny Hazelton,
Director of the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law.

We have secured the Watertown Hotel, located at 4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. For those who like to plan early, you can make your reservations now directly through the hotel - group code #141009AALL.

  1. Reservation Desk at (866)866-7977 (use group code or mention WestPac)
  2. Email request to mailto:reservations@staypineapple.com
  3. Reserve Online at www.watertownseattle.com (This option will only allow you to reserve for the nights of the 9th and 10th. For those staying longer, reservations must be made via telephone or email in order to receive the group discount).

Details about the hotel will be on the WestPac web site<http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/westpac/annual_meeting.asp> as we get closer to the event date. Registration costs are still being determined, but we anticipate they will be the same or close to last year's rates.

CALL/ACBD 2014 Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2014 Canadian Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference. This year’s conference will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Fort Garry Hotel from May 25-28.

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